CMT3100 Community Organizing and Social Change

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Bethany Harris

Course Description:

Students explore community organizing history, theories and different practices and reflect on their own political development, assumptions and understanding in relationship to the principles of community organizing. The course pays particular attention to the ways that race, class, gender, sexuality, and other forms of difference shape privilege and power.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Social change is most effective when people work together in an organized way. This gives the community the power we need to achieve the desired change. Students with the knowledge and experience of community organizing will be better equipped to serve with their community.

Why This Course Is Important:

The changes that have most enhanced peoples’ lives were not gifts given freely by “experts,” but the hard-won results of organizing by “ordinary” people. This course develops new skills and awareness of how societies operate equipping students for future jobs and community work.